Blue Valentine Trailer Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, Plus NC-17 Rating Woes

Blue Valentine generated a great deal of buzz when it premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has screened well at Cannes and Toronto as well. The two leads, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, have especially been highlighted in reviews as potential Oscar contenders. With a limited release approaching in December, the Weinstein Company has released a new trailer for the film. While the film’s story of a crumbling relationship is simply and effectively portrayed in the trailer, what has garnered equal attention is the rating Blue Valentine has received from the MPAA.

Apparently, the film has been slapped with an NC-17, causing many to speculate what content led to the rating. According to Deadline, the NC-17 stems from a scene in which the leads spend a drunken night in a hotel room. Things get out of hand when one person wants to have sex and the other does not. From what I gather, people who have seen the film are somewhat puzzled by the decision as there is little nudity and no violence featured within the scene in question. While an NC-17 can be a challenge to overcome, it could also generate some additional publicity for the film as well. There’s no word yet on whether the Weinstein Company plans on appealing the rating, but I would think they’d try. For now, watch the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think of the film and its current rating debacle.




  • Beautiful trailer and huge Ryan Gosling fan. I’ll be in the queues.

  • I must admit I had zero interest in this film until I saw the NC-17 rating. But still not interested enough to see it yet but open to it now. I am guessing it perhaps is something to do with gay sex knowing how up tight the MPAA can be but have no idea without seeing the film. Kirby Dick’s exposé about the American movie ratings board @ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0493459/ is a great doc about the MPAA process and why it is so warped.
    -riccifan

  • Steve

    I’m somewhat bored of Ryan Gosling at this stage. He was this Mickey Mouse Club kid who naturally went onto Disney films like Remember The Titans and since then has been trying oh-so-hard to break out of it by choosing roles like Half Nelson and Lars and the Real Girl, to be considered a ‘serious actor.’

    But in all these cases, whenever I take a step back from admiring his chutzpah and perseverance, it dawns on me that he’s playing the same type of character in every film. Shoot me. I just think he can do better and I’ll reserve judgement until he does, instead of choosing these deliberately ‘edgy’ and arthouse pictures.

  • Soop

    I haven’t seen a good trailer in a while..and I’m surprised at the fact that I actually enjoy this one. Not to say that it sold me on wanting to watch the film, but it was definitely a job well done.